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- Hiking, Natural Wonders, Sightseeing Type
- Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
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Rising more than 14,000 feet, these twin peaks are a favorite spot for hikers and wildlife-watchers, boasting beautiful vistas and breathtaking scenery. In fact, Maroon Bells' jagged peaks and multicolored slopes make it one of the most photographed sites in North America. The surrounding area features numerous trails and campsites, granting you a variety of viewing points from which you can capture the perfect shot.
Whether you choose to head toward the summit or to lazily stroll around the beaver-laden Maroon Lake, this is sure to be one of the highlights of your Aspen trip. Recent travelers praise the uninterrupted beauty of this area, calling the Maroon Bells "stunning," "awe-inspiring" and "one of the loveliest places on earth." Some say it's the perfect place for a day of hiking and a picnic lunch. Past hikers recommended getting to the mountains early as the area can get crowded.
You can technically visit Maroon Bells free of charge, but if you plan on driving to the trails, expect to pay a $10 vehicle fee. Plan to arrive early, as you won't be allowed to enter with your car between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. You can save a couple bucks by taking the bus from downtown Aspen; the Roaring Fork Transit Authority offers guided bus tours every 20 minutes between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., and every 30 minutes between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. Previous visitors were highly impressed with the information provided by the bus tours, with many people saying that this is the best way to reach Maroon Bells. Bus transport costs $6 for adults and $4 for seniors and children ages 6 to 16 (children 5 and younger can ride for free). For more information, visit the official website.